There are voices in my head.
Dozens of voices. Clamoring. Demanding. Critiquing.
They are the voices of my future readers, and they are the reason I am afraid to write.
There are days when I want to find some group of Writers Anonymous and blurt out my confession. [Stands on trembling legs and with head bowed. “Hello, my name is Jacqueline and I am a fear addict. I want to write without anyone ever reading my words.” A stunned silence. Accusing glances follow. My guilty heart trembles.]
Sometimes reader critiques are like exploratory surgery. . .without the medicine. They probe too close to our hearts until fear paralyzes our creativity. We want to reach out with the offering of our words, but on the other side of the page are more questions.
What if they don’t like it?
I’m horrible at this.
There is no way I can ever succeed.
At times, writing can be the most demanding profession in the world. We can give in to our terror and close off the channel of creativity within us and live dormant and afraid.
Or we can step boldly into the arms of courage and into the greatest adventure in the world, never fearing the consequences.
Because courage is the only way to destroy fear.
Be bold and follow the direction your story takes you. Don’t eliminate or ignore others’ questions, but instead use their critiques to build. Never allow it to destroy you.
Keep your motivation.
And write that story you were created to tell.
Have you ever received negative feedback? How did you use that feedback to build a stronger story?
Coming Next Week: Motivation Monday: Interview with Action and Adventure Author Brianna Merritt